Former India opener Virender Sehwag and former Indian athelte PT Usha have been named in the committee which will decide on this year's Khel Ratna and Arjuna awardees. In other appointments, celebrated badminton coach P Gopichand will chair the committee which will recommend the Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand award winners. The committee will meet on August 3.
The Arjuna Award Committee will be headed by Justice (retd) C K Thakkar and will meet on August 3 to select this year's awardees.
This committee has PT Usha (athlete) Mukund Killekar (boxing), Sunil Dabbas (Kabaddi), MR Mishra (Journalist), S Kannan (Journalist), Sanjeev Kumar (Journalist), Latha Madhvi (Para athlete), Anil Khanna (sports administrator), Injeti Srinivas (DG, SAI) and Rajvir Singh (joint Secretary, Sports Ministry) as the other members.
The Gopichand-led Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awards Committee has 10 members including ace cueist Pankaj Advani.
The other members are: Gopal Saini (athletics), MK Kaushik (Hockey) and Virendra Poonia (Athletics), Maha Singh Rao (Wrestling), Noris Pritam (Journalist), Rajinder Sejwan (Journalist), BVP Rao (Administrator).
The two Ex-Officio Members are: Director General (SAI) and Joint Secretary (Sports Development).
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